Today's fear free tip involves your kitty's carrier. The most obvious way to carry our cat carrier seems to be to use the handle on top of the carrier. However, this method can be stressful for our feline friends. When carrying with the handle, the carrier tends to swing, and sometimes may even get bumped into your legs, walls and door frames. Imagine what that must look and feel like from your stressed cat's point of view!
Cats feel better when they feel more secure. Therefore, we should try to carry the carriers by cradling them from the bottom. This simple trick can help make the trip a bit less bumpy for our feline friends.
Fear Free is a movement in veterinary medicine that evaluates and promotes the best ways to keep our pets relaxed and happy before, during, and after veterinary visits. Our pets (and their parents) no longer have to dread going to the vet!!!
Dr. West recently became certified in Fear Free practice, and wants to share some tips to help our pets become fear free at home and at the clinic!
Happy visits Rule!
We find that once our pets realize that the vet office means needle pokes, nail clipping, and the dreaded rectal thermometer, that they are not always excited to visit us.
What if the vet office could also mean just treats, pets, and love?
If you're out and about with your pet, consider stopping by the clinic for a happy visit. You can bring a favorite treat or toy, and allow our staff to offer it with some hugs and kisses. Then the pets get to leave!
No needles, weigh ins, nail trims, or thermometers!
Doing this on occasion will make the visits to the vet potentially exciting and relaxing, versus progressively scary. We LOVE happy pets and pet parents
Midwest Veterinary Hospital
30550 Euclid Ave
Wickliffe, Ohio, 44092
Use the map below for directions!
Surgery drop off is between 8:00-8:30 am